Report on antisemitism in Australia from October 2005 to September 2006, prepared by Jeremy Jones and tabled at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) annual conference in Melbourne at the weekend.

INTRODUCTION: The Year in Review

In contemporary Australia, to accuse any person or organisation of antisemitism is to allege that their behaviour is antisocial and unacceptable. No one with aspirations to public credibility admits to holding antisemitic views or to associating with openly antisemitic organisations.

While individuals and organisations associated with the political left who promoted extreme anti-Israel racism, which sometimes included offensive and gratuitous anti-Jewish imagery, were particularly keen to assert that they were not antisemitic, even far-right and neo-Nazi groups publicly professed to be “anti-Zionist” rather than anti-Jewish, although the material they distribute can give the lie to any such distinction.

Further, Holocaust deniers, including those who present the claim the Holocaust is a Jewish confidence trick played on gullible Christians as one part of a raft of anti-Jewish slurs, generally claim they are only “researching” historical subjects. The small number of individuals holding public office who have associated with anti-Jewish groups always maintain that they have contact despite the latter’s promotion of antisemitism, not because of it.